Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fraud in feeding program brings five-year federal prison sentence

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Kattie Jordan, 51, of Dermott was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison today for her role in a vast scheme to steal federal dollars intended for feeding programs for needy children.

Jordan was the first to plead guilty in the investigation. In addition to a 63-month term,. she also was ordered to participate in $3.2 million in joint restitution by all responsible.

Anthony Leon Waits, Gladys Elise Waits, Tonique D. Hatton, Jacqueline D. Mills, Dortha M. Harper, and Jordan were charged with conspiring to fraudulently obtain USDA program funds and related crimes. Jordan and Mills operated as sponsors for separate feeding programs. Gladys Waits and Hatton worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services and determined eligibility of sponsors. Gladys Waits and Hatton approved Jordan’s and Mills’ programs at various times.  They were paid bribes in return, the government has alleged.

The U.S. attorney's office said that although Jordan and Mills did feed some children, they submitted claims for many more meals than they actually served. 

The remaining defendants  are scheduled to stand trial beginning May 16. The investigation remains ongoing.

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